As a financial planner, I frequently come across money-making schemes or ideas that seem too good to be true. When I first read about websites claiming to find my “lost” money, I rolled my eyes (but clicked the links and searched for my name anyway). I’m aware that businesses are legally bound to turn over unclaimed property to the state, but I needed to see for myself. Typically, the amounts waiting to be claimed are under a $100 and only require an online form to be claimed. However, larger amounts may require more paperwork for validation purposes.

I’ve found these three sites below to be legit. Be sure to check with each state you’ve lived in to verify that you don’t have money waiting to be claimed, such as an old utility deposit, life insurance policy, etc. For our friends who don’t live in Kansas- most states have a site either through their Treasurer’s or Controller’s Office. Check the State’s website to see if they have an online unclaimed property search.

Kansas State Treasurers Site: www.kansascash.com

Missing Money: www.missingmoney.com

Unclaimed: www.unclaimed.org

If you find money owed to you, be sure to let me know.  As a fee-only financial planner, I work to save people money. Actually helping find “lost” money for people would be the icing on the cake.

John P. Chladek, MBA, CFP® is the President and Founder of Chladek Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm specializing in helping families and couples who are not yet retired realize their financial goals.  For more information, visit https://www.chladekwealth.com.

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